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Occupational Therapy Education

Special Event October 4!

  • In recognition of KU Medical Center Alumni Weekend 2019, the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education faculty and students will present posters focused on current educational practices and research endeavors in the field of occupational therapy.

    AOTA President and current KU faculty member Wendy Hildenbrand, Ph.D., OTR/L will follow as the featured speaker. Details and registration

KU's occupational therapy programs are nationally recognized for excellence as a leader in education and research in the field. The Department of Occupational Therapy Education resides in the KU School of Health Professions and is located on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. The department offers three degree programs:

Entry-level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

With KU's transition to the clinical doctorate, applicants are no longer accepted for the master's program. The last class of students in this program will graduate in 2021.

Program details

Entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Students wanting to enter the profession of occupational therapy enter this 3-year doctoral degree program after acquiring a bachelor's degree at KU or another institution. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to obtain OT licensure.

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Post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

This online doctoral program is designed for practicing occupational therapists who want to pursue the highest level of advanced practice. A degree in occupational therapy from an accredited program, a master’s degree, and current license to practice as an occupational therapist are required for admission.

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Research Doctorate in Therapeutic Science (Ph.D.)

Ph.D. in Therapeutic Science With an emphasis on understanding the consequences of health conditions for the person, rather than the health condition itself, therapeutic science is an interdisciplinary program that involves faculty in a variety of departments and schools across the University of Kansas.

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Read about accreditation of KU's occupational therapy degree programs.

Student outcomes are available for the master's degree program.

Last modified: Sep 25, 2019

KU's OT program:
consistently ranked in the

Top 10


Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report

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JaySTART Clinic
This clinic provides free occupational and physical therapy services to patients in the Kansas City community. Learn about rehabilitation services provided by the clinic and how to make an appointment.


We're here to answer questions and help students prepare for an exciting career in occupational therapy!

Contact us to connect with an advisor, schedule a campus visit, and find out how KU can be a great fit for you.

For students on the KU Lawrence campus, please visit the Undergraduate Advising Center.